" NATIONAL" GOVERNMENT'S
ON THE UNEMPLOYED
Nothing so disgraceful has happened in recent years as the deliberate attack made by the "National" Government on the unemployed. Here is the Government's record:
Unemployment benefit was cut by 10 per cent. — from 17s. to 15s. 3d. for an adult man, and from 15s. to 13s. 6d. for an adult woman. These and other cuts lasted for nearly three years, from September, 1931 to July, 1934, and meant that £6,000,000 per year was taken from the unemployed.
At the same time, contributions were increased and remain increased.
The Government, in 1931, divided the unemployed into two classes, and to nearly half of them applied the iniquitous family means test — with the result that hundreds of thousands of genuinely unemployed men and women were handed over to the Poor Law, to be treated just as if they were applying for poor relief.
Under the means test, about £15,000,000 per year has been taken from the unemployed.
At the beginning of this year, the unemployed receiving transitional benefit were handed over to the new Unemployment Assistance Board. As a result, large numbers had their benefit cut, chaos was created, and the widespread hardships of the unemployed aroused such national indignation that the Government was compelled to suspend the regulations of the Board.
That was eight months ago; but up to the present the Government has avoided issuing new regulations, and now states that they will not be issued until the spring of next year. The Government is afraid to face the electors with its new proposals ! Meanwhile, the means test goes on, the old condemned regulations are being applied to new applicants, and there is an enormous amount of suffering and discontent.
The real test of the " National " Government is what it has done during the past four years
IF YOU WANT FAIR PLAY FOR THE UNEMPLOYED